Less than a year ago, Sydney cop Ted Conkaffey was, because of a mass of circumstantial evidence, convicted in the court of public opinion of the brutal rape of a thirteen-year-old, even though the legal case against him collapsed for lack of any clear indication of his guilt. Hoping to try to build himself a new life and terrified of self-styled vigilantes who might take the law into their own hands, he flees to the small northern Queensland town of Crimson Lake. Surely no one will recognize him this far from home?
But of course they do.
Enigmatically, Ted’s lawyer introduces him to Amanda Pharrell, a Crimson Lake native who was convicted of a brutal murder in her teens but has now served her prison time and established herself as a PI. Amanda takes Ted on as a partner even though she knows of his history, and together they work to try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Continue reading